Strategy 3: Provide opportunities to use new vocabulary in a variety of situations.
What to Do
- Identify key vocabulary relevant to student across environments (home, school, community).
- Identify key vocabulary utilized across the curriculum (reading, math, science, social studies, etc.).
- Provide opportunities to embed vocabulary in daily routines and naturally occurring situations.
- Provide hands-on experiences with new vocabulary in real environments.
- Make vocabulary available and accessible to student throughout all environments.
- Provide multisensory experiences for identified vocabulary: taste, smell, tactile, visual and auditory.
- Use word sorts to compare and contrast vocabulary.
- Utilize thematic units to reinforce vocabulary and expand concept acquisition.
- Provide repeated exposure to identified vocabulary words.
- Keep a journal of learned vocabulary for the student to reference and for the teacher to plan for further vocabulary expansion.
- Write experience stories with student to reinforce vocabulary learning.
- Systematically review words previously taught.
Things to Consider
- Are all service providers utilizing the same strategies for teaching/incorporating vocabulary?
- Are you sharing vocabulary with other teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers and home?
- Are you providing students who are visually impaired with a personal copy of vocabulary materials?
- Are vocabulary words posted throughout the classroom in a variety of ways—bulletin boards, charts, flash cards, etc.? Does the student have the same access to vocabulary words in multiple formats?
- Are you providing opportunities for the student to generalize new vocabulary?
- If your student is using picture or tactile symbols, have you included text on all symbols?
Always Ask Yourself